April 20: Your Requests are to be Taken to God

In my thoughts for today, remember this, Jesus himself said to the disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless.” In the time of trouble, prayer is the ideal thing to do. Yes, I can say prayer sees the very hand of God in times of trouble. It reaches where we in ourselves can not reach.

Trouble belongs to the Lord, for the very thing to do is take your trouble to the Lord through prayer; seeking God’s grace, patience, and submission. When trouble strikes, it is a good time to ask, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

Prayer in the time of trouble brings comfort, help, hope, and blessings, while not always removing the trouble, enables the believer to better bear it and submit to the will of God. God, through the working of the Holy Spirit, brings forth good gifts. Prayer in and during troubled times, drive away unbelief, open the eyes to see God’s hand, save from doubt, and deliver from vain and foolish questions because of our painful experiences.

Yes, taking everything to God in prayer makes us better, wiser, and much easier to bear life’s troubles.

Let me say, some troubles may be self-originated, arising from our ignorance, some come from our carelessness. These are yet subject to prayer and should drive us to prayer. On the same note, troubles are human in their origin. They originate with others, and we are the sufferers. We are living in a world where often the innocent suffers the consequences of the acts of others.

Again, we should carry our hurts and our wrongs caused by the acts of others, to God in prayer. Read about Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:23-33 of all his troubles which arose from wicked and unreasonable men. No matter where the sources from which trouble originate, God is interested when they press and bruise us. It is necessary to take them to God in prayer in seeking to receive the greatest spiritual benefit.

Yes, trouble will run its course in a life of prayerlessness or unbelief, or possibly both. Trouble can be a blessing or curse. It either softens or hardens us. It either drives us to prayer and to God, or it drives us from God and from the closet of prayer.

Truly, trouble can harden a heart (example-Pharaoh) and drive him away from God, for this is why one must realize that prayer is the very tool that is provided by God to receive comfort and answers from God. Prayer is the very key that brings the spirit into perfect subjection to the will of God.

Prayer puts us at a place allowing God to freely work with us and in us, removing anything in the way of trouble bringing to us the highest and greatest good; yes, accomplishing its mission in us, with us and for us.

Satan is scheming to break down mankind, to make God look foolish and cause man to curse God…but these truly are the times to recognize God in prayer and come out a victor.

Never, never, forget…God is in all your troubles, and He will see that all things “work together for good,” if you love Him and if you be patient, submissive, and prayerful!

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